New Orleans Saints: Four things that went wrong against the Texans

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Texans DE Antonio Smith strip sacks Saints QB Drew Brees (Source: thephinsider.com)

The Saints defense was dominant during their opening showing against the San Francisco 49ers, holding them to 234 yards of total offense while forcing six sacks, three turnovers, and only three points.

Momentum was definitely on their side heading into yesterdays second preseason game against the Houston Texans.

Fans settled in for what they thought would be another strong showing for the Saints defense, but instead witnessed a plethora of mistakes, miscues, and missed tackles.

Houston’s offense rolled the defense throughout the first and second quarter.

Quarterback Matt Schaub completed 12 of 16 passes for 163 yards, running back Arian Foster ran in two touchdowns, Andre Johnson caught four passes for 100 yards, and Ben Tate rushed for 95 yards — all in the first half.

The Saints defense played more reminiscent of a few year ago before Gregg Williams took over, when Gary Gibbs ran the defense, and they could stop no one, consistently ranking in the bottom of league in both pass defense and rush defense.

A time better forgotten to say the least for Saints fans.

But before we get critical about the Saints loss we must remember it’s the preseason, it means nothing yes, but it’s a time that exposes what a team needs to work on before the seasons start.

It’s apparent that the rebuilt defense still has some work ahead. Let’s take a closer look at what the Saints did wrong against the Texans.

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